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DUI Multiple Offenses

OWI and DUI Charges in Minneapollis

Helping you avoid the worst consequences

A Minneapolis DUI arrest is a very serious matter. A conviction for DUI (also known as OWI in Minnesota) can have a profound impact upon your life. If you are dealing with a drunk driving arrest in Minneapollis, make sure you have an excellent attorney at your side. Call the law office of Jeff T. Ohara, Attorney at Law, PC now to take the first steps in mounting a good defense.

OWI and DUI laws in Minnesota are complex. Do not be a victim of legal procedures that are beyond your understanding. Our Minneapolis DUI attorneys can help you mitigate the dire consequences that can result from a DUI arrest in Minneapollis.

DUI first offense

In Minnesota, breath alcohol results of 0.08 percent or above constitute a criminal offense. A driver arrested for DUI is immediately put in jail for four to 24 hours, depending on blood alcohol level.

Specific charges under Minneapolis DUI law can include:

  • Operating under the influence of liquor (OUIL)
  • Unlawful bodily alcohol content (UBAC)
  • Operating while visibly impaired (OWVI)
  • Operating while intoxicated (OWI)

Penalties vary for a first offense. They can include a fine of $100-500, up to 93 days in jail plus up to 45 days of community service. Penalties can also include probation, driver's license restrictions, car forfeiture, and imprisonment. All DUI convictions require screening for substance abuse, and perhaps rehabilitation at defendant's expense. The defendant may also be ordered to pay all prosecution costs.

Causing bodily harm to someone while drunk driving in Minneapolis or elsewhere in Minnesota can bring a five-year felony charge. If someone is killed, a 15-year felony charge may be imposed. In these situations, it is absolutely essential to have experienced legal representation.

Refusing to take a breath, blood, or urine test after a DUI arrest puts your driver's license at risk of suspension. But we can help you request an administrative hearing within 14 business days of your arrest to avoid this consequence.

DUI second offense

A second OWI charge is more serious. The penalties that can apply to a Minneapolis DUI second offense include:

  • Up to one year in jail
  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • Up to 90 days of community service
  • Mandatory vehicle immobilization
  • Possible ignition interlock during probationary period

DUI third offense

A Minneapolis DUI (OWI) third offense is a felony and carries even more severe penalties, including:

  • Up to five years in prison
  • Up to $5,000 in fines
  • Up to 180 days of community service
  • Mandatory vehicle immobilization
  • Possible ignition interlock during probationary period

Contact us right away

It is vital that you act quickly to get help with OWI charges. Call the Minneapollis DUI lawyer at Jeff T. Ohara, Attorney at Law, PC at 616-235-2000 for a free consultation or contact us online.